“Rise the lid, pull down your pants, sit down and relax.” Using a composting toilet can be described simple as that. And it is simple as that in fact! We tell you everything you need to know about the eco-friendly alternative to the chemical toilet
Setup and Function
How to sit on a composting toilet
The poo in the pot, the can for the drops: the function of a composting toilet is affected by the way you take seat. Due to the anatomy the sitting positions of women and men are different. The straighter your spine the easier it gets. By varying the angle of your legs and leaning forwards and backwards you can optimize your sitting position. Before you start traveling with your composting toilet some trials at home may help you to find your individual posture. To make sure that the separation works well please sit down on the toilet. To pee standing up isn’t quite a good idea.
Mixing urine and feces leads to the typical toilet odor. Dividing the excrements is the first step towards the odorless use of a composting toilet. The second one is the dehydration. The drier the poo the less smell of loo. To dry the excrements, you can use special powders, small pet bedding, sawdust or fine bark mulch. Depending on the consistence two handful of bedding are enough. Fresh urine is odorless. It starts smelling during the process of decomposition when bacteria convert the urea into ammonia.
Which things can be disposed in the toilet?
Toilet paper can be disposed in the container for feces. If you want to compost the excrements, please use chlorin-free, recycled paper either without printings or with organic colors. Avoid dumping papers into the canister for the urine. Analog to conventional toilets sanitary articles must not be disposed in the composting toilet.
If the can is filled up you can simply dispose the urine in any toilet with access to the canalization. If diluted the pee can also be used as fertilizer for plants in your garden or on your balcony. The bag with the feces can be disposed in the household garbage. Conditionally you can also use it as compost.
Cleaning a composting toilet
The solids container is also happy about regular cleaning. Cleaning products with effective microorganisms are suitable for this purpose. Spray them inside the container, close it for a while and sit back and relax while the microorganisms do their job. Of course, cleaning with other agents is also possible.